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Taco soup-Christmas style

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This is an old favorite that came about in the mid 80’s through a Quick Cooking magazine. That recipe came with me when I moved into my first apartment and it has been made every year since 1998.

  • 2 pounds ground beef
  • 2 cups diced onions
  • 1 cup diced bell pepper
  • 4 cloves chopped garlic
  • 2 (15 1/2-ounce) cans red beans
  • 1 (15 1/2-ounce) can light red kidney beans
  • 1 (15 1/4-ounce) can whole kernel corn, drained
  • 1 (14 1/2-ounce) can diced tomatoes
  • 1 (14 1/2-ounce) can tomatoes with chiles (Rotel or generic version)
  • 2 cups of beef broth
  • 1 (1 1/4-ounce) package taco seasoning mix
  • 1 (1-ounce) package ranch salad dressing mix
  • Sour cream, for garnish
  • Grated cheese, for garnish
  • Chopped green onions, for garnish


1. Brown beef with onions, peppers, garlic

2. Add cans of beans, tomatoes, water. Stir.

3. Add seasoning mixes

4. Simmer gently on stove for as long as you have, but at LEAST 30 minutes. The longer the better. This can be made in the slow cooker as well. Brown beef first. Add everything else to the pot and cook on low for up to 8 hours.

5. Top with sour cream and cheese.

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With this soup simmering, I finished up some Christmas decorating.

Speaking of decorating, check out some pictures from our first house and the start of my tree addiction. My mug collection is rather small, as well. Today, the mugs require an entire 7ft storage shelf.



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I love looking back at holiday pictures. This was our very first house and I loved growing the Christmas decorations and traditions. We had so many great memories in that little house.

Happy Tuesday!